Conflicts in Syria, Egypt Lead to More Cyber Attacks

Syria's civil war and political strife in Egypt have thrown up new battlegrounds on the Web and driven a surge in cyber attacks in the Middle East, according to a leading Internet security company. More than half of incidents in the Gulf this year were so-called "hacktivist" attacks -- which account for only a quarter of cybercrime globally -- as politically motivated programmers sabotaged opposing groups or institutions, executives from Intel Corp's software security division McAfee said.